Re: In case I don't get an epidural . . .
My best advice is to think of things that comfort and relax you when you are feeling icky (sick, grumpy, on your period...) and incorporate as many of those kinds of things as possible. I didn't take any courses or read much about specific techniques but I thought a lot about what would comfort me and help me feel more at ease. It also helps to read birth stories of other women who birthed naturally (in the case of a hospital birth reading about moms who birthed naturally in a hospital setting is especially encouraging). Try to work through any doubts you have ahead of time and be confident in what your body is capable of. Staying positive is key.
Babywearing, CDing SAHM. I love my DH and my sweet girls DD1 (10/16/09) and DD2 (4/23/2011), looking forward to meeting team green baby #3 March 2013.